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Lock it or lose it

    Drumheller RCMP wants to reinforce that simple actions can prevent crimes of opportunity.
    This follows a spell of easily preventable theft of vehicles in the Drumheller area.
    Staff Sergeant Art Hopkins explains that from October to December of last year, there were 15 vehicles stolen within the Drumheller Detachment area, 11 were within the corporate limits of the town.
    “Upon review of these thefts, almost all of the vehicles were left with either keys in the ignition or placed somewhere in the vehicle,” said Hopkins. “On at least one occasion the culprit entered into the unlocked garage.”
    He emphasizes how important it is for people to simply lock their car and pocket the key. Even a garage is not secure protection to leave the keys in the ignition.
    He adds, in some cases the theft of a vehicle with a key ring can leave the victim vulnerable to more crime.
    “Many of these vehicles not only had keys to the associated vehicle, but there was also keys to the house on the key ring. These associated keys make it possible to enter your house then or at a later time,” said Hopkins.


Man racks up fines during check stop

    A man is facing more than $3,000 in fines after being stopped at a check stop in Drumheller over the holiday season.
    Tarn Prey appeared in provincial court in Drumheller on Friday, January 13. He pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs, driving without a valid driver's licence and driving without insurance.
    The court heard how on December 9, 2011, Prey was stopped at a check stop in Drumheller. Officers noted the smell of marijuana. The driver was found not to have a valid licence or insurance. A search revealed a bag containing 11 grams of marijuana. A search of his wallet revealed about a half gram of cocaine.
    
    Prey, 28, was fined  $300 for possession of marijuana, $700 for possession of cocaine, $230 for driving without a licence and  $2,500 for driving with no insurance, plus applicable victim surcharges.

Possession of hash adds 45 days to sentence

    An inmate at the Drumheller Institution had 45 days tacked onto his sentence after guards found hash in his underwear.
    David Badger appeared in Provincial Court in Drumheller on Friday, January 13. He pleaded guilty to simple possession of drugs.
    The court heard how on September 18, 2011, institution staff noted the odour of cannabis during a range walk. Badger was strip searched which revealed a chap stick cap containing hash oil in his underwear.
    The institutional value of the seizure was about $750.
    He was given 45 days consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving.


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